Where Are the Mountains?

2 09 2011

My friend just got back from vacation. Returning from a trip to the mountains, she looked out her window at home and missed the view of soaring peaks and snow-capped summits. She posted a message on Facebook – Where are the mountains?

The answers started pouring in. I laughed and smiled my way through the postings as person after person described their own personal mountains – the laundry, the inbox, the pile of toys, and the dishes in the sink. It didn’t take long for me, however, to understand that her question was more profound than I had first realized.

We all have mountains. Big, towering, unmovable mounds that cast shadows and shape the landscapes of our hearts. Our mountains define us. They set limits on our potential. They are the boundary markers for what we think is possible.

What kind of mountains do you see? Mountains of guilt, shame, and sin? Mountains of problems and struggles that echo with failure and looming disappointment? Mountains of loneliness, busyness, or emptiness? Mountains of regret from the past or mountains of fear for the future?

“For truly I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20

God has a plan for your mountain. Too often we let the size of our mountain determine our perspective and priorities. Instead, your mountain is meant to lift your eyes to the fullness of God’s faithfulness. God is in the mountain moving business. All you have to invest is a tiny, tiny amount of faith. He does the rest. What He doesn’t move, He will give you the strength to
climb.

My Jesus Resolution today is to look at my mountains differently. My mountains do not have to be a permanent part of the landscape of my heart. Instead of seeing my mountains as barriers, I am going to look at them as places of blessing. On the mountain, I can anticipate His presence. My mountains are places where I am going to be able to see God at work in my life, places where He is going to reveal His glory, places that will call for deep surrender and where He will work even deeper transformation. The physics of moving a mountain seem impossible to me. But not to God.


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